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Adrian Wooldridge in 2011

Adrian Wooldridge (born November 11, 1959) is the Management Editor and, since 1 April 2017, the 'Bagehot' columnist for The Economist newspaper. He was formerly the 'Schumpeter' columnist. Until July 2009 he was The Economist's Washington Bureau Chief and the 'Lexington' columnist.

Wooldridge was educated at Balliol College, Oxford, where he studied modern history, and was awarded a fellowship at All Souls College, also at Oxford University, where he received a doctorate in philosophy in 1985. From 1984 to 1985 he was also a Harkness Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley.[1]



  • Wooldridge, Adrian (1994). Measuring the mind : education and psychology in England c.1860-1990. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • — (April 18, 2015). "Family companies". Special Report. The Economist. 415 (8934).[2]
  • — (April 18, 2015). "A very British business : some lessons from the success of Britain's elite private schools". Schumpeter. The Economist. 415 (8934): 56.

Co-wrote (with fellow Economist journalist John Micklethwait):


2017 Gerald Loeb Award for Commentary for "Creative Destruction: The Schumpeter Column"[3]


  1. ^ "Speaker profile at Leigh Bureau". Archived from the original on 2012-10-28. Retrieved 2008-08-17.
  2. ^ The Economist often changes the title of a print article when it is published online. This article is titled "To those that have" online.
  3. ^ "UCLA Anderson School of Management Announces 2017 Gerald Loeb Award Winners". UCLA Anderson School of Management. June 27, 2017. Retrieved January 31, 2019.

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